Greenwich Education Group’s School Foundation hosted a benefit on May 8 at Tudor Investment’s corporate headquarters to raise scholarships for its Beacon, Spire and Pinnacle schools. More than 120 guests were welcomed by student ambassadors and treated to a relaxed evening of cocktails, conversation, presentations and a silent auction that raised more than $40,000 for GEG’s unique schools.
GEG’s School Foundation offers financial aid for qualified students regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin or disability. The schools apply an individualized, strengths-based academic model in three distinct settings: at Beacon, for gifted and twice exceptional students; at Spire, for highly capable students who need emotional support; and at Pinnacle, for students with learning differences, especially students on the autism spectrum.
According to Eric Kaye, Chairman of the GEG’s School Foundation, the Foundation has raised close to $250,000 for scholarships since its inception. “For those of us whose children have attended the schools, we understand the incredible sense of relief and gratitude we feel once our children are in nurturing environments in the care of wonderful, committed and caring teachers. The contributions we received allow other less fortunate families to experience the same joy when they see their children thrive.”
Recently, both the Beacon and Spire schools went through the accreditation process with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Vince Watchorn, head of school at Providence Country Day and chair of the accreditation team, validated the GEG schools’ mission, structure and exceptional staff.
“We visit schools all the time that say they are changing kids’ lives,” Watchom said. “I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to be here and see schools that are actually doing that.” Watchorn and the committee also used words such as “life-changing” and “transformative” in their report.
Victoria Newman, founder and executive director of Greenwich Education Group, thanked everyone who attended the event for their support. “The mission of The Foundation is to provide opportunities for worthy students to excel in our highly supportive and innovative programs.”